Biomedical Sciences Histology Facility

Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues of humans, animals and plants.


Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues of humans, animals and plants. The combination of techniques and processes in order to visualise microscopic structures and produce the end image make Histology a truly challenging blend of art and science.

The Biomedical Sciences Histology Facility provides a full range of histology services for research and specialised diagnostic purposes. Our clients include faculties of the university, other educational institutions and external customers Australia-wide.

Photo of flyer for Alice


Recently, the Biomedical Sciences Histology Facility undertook some strange requests from me to cut and stain slides for an artistic project, a fringe festival show performed live on a microscope – Laura was brilliant, she immediately worked out what I needed and spent the time with me to embed and cut the slides the specific way they needed to look, and was able to come up with unconventional solutions to help me achieve the right colours in the tissues.  She prepared slides quickly and was very patient with my multiple requests!  Thanks to histology, we now have a showcase of slides ready to share the beauty of the microscopic world with the public!

Clare Hampson
Creator/Performer, Alice Looking Through the Glass, Melbourne Fringe 2017


The facility's histologists have over 50 years combined professional experience in both diagnostic and research to provide expertise advice in all areas of histology. We produce high quality microscopic sections of a wide variety of samples in paraffin and frozen embedded material.  We also offer assistance with immunohistochemistry and perform special stains.

Our equipment available to facility users includes cryostats, microtomes and staining facilities (training provided).

Examples of services available include:

  • Paraffin processing from $8.50 per specimen cassette
  • Staining from $2.40 per slide
  • Laboratory usage from $15.50 per hour


Request a quote for your histology needs.

Contact details


9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday


Room E214, Level 2 (entrance level), East Wing
Medical Building 181
Grattan St
Parkville VIC 3010
Phone: +61 (0)3 8344 5752

Courier Address

Biomedical Histology Facility
The University of Melbourne
Biomedical Science Academic Centre Reception
Level 2, North Wing
Medical Building
Grattan St,
Parkville VIC 3010